IHRA Definition: An Introduction

In this activity you will find more information on the importance of defining antisemitism. You will look at how the IHRA definition helps governments, organisations, and individuals in their efforts to recognise and combat antisemitism. Thanks to the timeline, you will be able to trace the crucial moments of Jewish history in Europe and the different steps that brought different institutions and organisations to define antisemitism.

Unpacking the IHRA Definition

The activity focuses on unpacking the IHRA definition by looking closely at its core elements. It draws attention to the relationship between the IHRA definition and the EU Framework Decision on Racism and Xenophobia, along with the OSCE-ODIHR definition of hate crime and other key international standards. Quizzes, videos, and interactive activities will help you gaining a better understanding of antisemitism. You will have the opportunity to explore real case studies to understand the current manifestations of antisemitism. 

Challenges & Applications

The third part of the activity clarifies how the IHRA definition can help Member States in recognising and responding to antisemitic hate crimes and incidents. Antisemitism affect us all and responding to it should be a shared responsibility. By looking into the resources produced by the Facing Facts project, you will get an overview of the different actors and stakeholders involved in putting forward responses to the problem of antisemitism. You will discover and explore how the IHRA definition can best support the work of all those involved in the fight against antisemitism.

Besides the online and downloadable resources, a new and improved Overcoming Antisemitism Training Manual was produced in 2021 addressing the most pressing pedagogical challenges faced today. The trainings – due to happen in the first months of 2022, will be implemented in English and French for a new cohort of 36 trainers who will lead workshops with 1,000 people within the framework of the NOA project and remain an anti-bias resource across Europe for the long-term.

For more information about the Train-the-Trainer events and other opportunities, send an email to: robin.sclafani@ceji.org or subscribe to the NOA mailing list